No man an island?

No man is an Island, entire of itself. (J.Donne)

But sometimes… don’t we wish we could be?

An island.

A lone quirk of nature, beautiful by birth, self-nourishing, a point of stable land in an ocean of uncertainty.

Like the Ile St. Honorat (Les iles de Lerins).

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Or Teddy Roosevelt Island.

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With long alleys

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Of seclusion

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Paths only faintly human

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Surrounded on every side by the cleansing element

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Close to ‘civilization’

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but withstanding, nature

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A “thing of beauty”

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And a sadness forever.

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But, before the ice cracks

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“Every man is a piece of the continent,

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A part of the main.”

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2 responses to “No man an island?

  1. You know, it’s funny that you write this because I just started reading Thomas Merton’s book “No Man is an Island.” Definitely worth a glance if you’re bored and/or want some intense spiritual insight.

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